Fab artists bring word & song March 22 | TRIAAC

| March 11, 2014

Fab artists bring word & song March 22Posted by admin in Blog | Commorato, Ridley, Patterson

TRIAAC’s Café set for March 22 @ Cinema Center GalleryThree Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art & Culture has teamed with Cinema Center t

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o bring spokenword and song downtown, for the second Acoustic SpokenWord Café of March, which promises to be a crowd-pleasing evening of inspiring song and insightful poetry and story filled with neighborhood characters you’ll recognize.Staying with the traditional time and cost of admission 7:00-10:00PM, and $5.00 despite its changed location to the cinema Center Gallery Space, at 437 E. Berry Street, the Acoustic SpokenWord Café on Saturday, March 22nd will feature three of the city’s best known wordsmiths, each with their own unique edge on their art.John Comm

via Fab artists bring word & song March 22 | TRIAAC.orato Jr. AKA “Johnny” has been involved with the Fort Way

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ne Arts community for well over 15 years. He has performed spokenword and poetry hundreds of times on stages as varied a

s IPFW to the now defunct “Backdoor.” His written work has been published in numerous independent Arts journals

as well as the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Along with collaborators John Hartman and Craig “Cornfed” Johnson he has produced under the moniker ‘Art Attack Projects,” as well as two short films for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and multiple “on off” Art and Music shows in neglected urban spaces. He is an honors graduate of the University of St. Francis, and is currently co-owner of the  Brass

Rail tavern and music venue.“Chief” Condra Ridley was ordained in 2008 as an honorary chief of the Yoruba people of Ekiti state, Nigeria. Chief Condra has been a jelimuso oral historian for better than 30 years. As a former children’s specialist at the

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Allen County Public Library, through her storytelling and performance she was able to keep the literary tradition of Afrikan people before the public so that her community could see how their literature mirrors the best of who they are. She will present that tradition in song at the March 22nd Café.Michael F. Patterson works as a writer in a variety of media. In addition to cranking out works of fiction, for years he has served as Managing Editor for Frost Illustrated, a weekly black newspaper that has been published in Fort Wayne for 45 years. His recently published first collection of Neonegro Folklore, “A Scandal and Other Things” is a collection of stories best described as a “brutally honest portrayal of our most memorable neighborhood characters.” He also has written and read poetry at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art during Brooklyn, NY, painter Charlotta Janssen’s Freedom Riders exhibit in 2012, and as a featured poet welcoming the legendary Dr. Haki Madhubuti to TRIAC in 2013. Patterson has also written and arranged songs for former Motown and Malaco staff writer Frank-o Johnson’s Phat Sounds Productions and played on a number of the company’s internationally released recordings.

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